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Marsha's Monthly Love Letter

January 2021

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How's your January? I'm OK, all things considered. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Some of the stuff I'm loving:

Skaters near Minnow Overpass in the Sackville Waterfowl Park


Walks in the Sackville Waterfowl Park

It's one of my daily pandemic rituals. Aldon joins me when he's not working. I often listen to a podcast, but the best days are when my head is clear enough to just walk, breathe, listen to the birds, and look around. Every day is different.


Steel cut oats

OK this is probably the most boring food I could rave about, but I'm crazy about overnight steel cut oats. There is nothing like a hot and hearty breakfast in the middle of winter. I prefer the taste and texture of steel cut oats to regular oatmeal, but they usually take a lot longer to cook. So, I've been making them overnight with less time, attention and electricity, and they always turn out great!
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (makes 4 portions)
  • 3 cups water (if you prefer your oats runnier, you can always add more water when you re-heat)
  1. Put oats and water into a pot with a pinch of salt.
  2. Heat to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cover the pot, turn off the heat and go to bed.
  4. Wake up in the morning to perfectly cooked oats you can re-heat to eat!
I pack up Aldon's for him to take to work, store 2 portions in the fridge for the next day and heat mine up in the same pot on the stove for breakfast once I'm ready to eat. Add your favourite toppings (maple syrup & blueberries) and enjoy!
Steel cut oats after cooking overnight
Steel Cut Oats with Blueberries and Maple Syrup YUM



The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
A near-future speculative fiction about climate change (cli-fi!). It's on the long side and took me a while to really get into it, but once I did I found myself filled with a strange feeling... hope?

Skyward by Joe Henderson
A graphic novel (15 issues/3 volumes) about life on Earth after G-Day, when gravity suddenly and permanently becomes a fraction of what it is now. Beautiful art and a really cool concept.



I didn't know I'd be into it, but I totally am. It's my magical background music. It calms me, cheers me and centres me, which I seem to need a lot of when I'm home alone. There is something to be said for listening to a variety of music, for trying something new every once in a while (and that raccoon is so adorable)!
Speaking of adorable...

This photo

Aldon shared it one day and we both lost our minds. It is the lock screen on both of our phones and my iPad so no matter what device I pick up, I see this and smile. Every. Single. Time. We occasionally act like The Child is our own. 🤣 I'm kidding (mostly), but cute things are cute, and Grogu is.
Baby Yoda
Everything, this photo is.


Playing Guitar

Last year I taught myself to play, basically just the easy open chords, and I've decided it's time I learned a bit more about how my guitar works and some music theory, so I'm going through some online lessons and exercises that I hope will improve and expand my abilities. It's very clear, right from the start, that this will require regular practice.



The Advice Epidemic by The Minimalists
I'm on my own journey of letting go of "should" and this article really resonated with me.

Filter Failure by Colin Wright
It's OK to be wrong and to make mistakes. It's how we learn and grow.
"It’s often unpleasant to acknowledge when we’ve been wrong, when we’ve been hoodwinked or misguided, when we’ve been the bad guy or made a knee-jerk decision that hurt someone else. But having the capacity and capability to recognize and accept when we have is part of what allows us to improve our informational filters over time."

How much do we tell our kids? by Austin Kleon
I don't even have kids and I love this article.

“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is -- it's to imagine what is possible.”
- bell hooks
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